Hundreds of thousands of car accidents occur in Illinois every year with a large number of those collisions taking place in Chicago and across Cook County. With the large population in the city comes a large number of potential drivers, and unfortunately, potential victims of car crashes. Many of these accidents are minor and may be described as fender benders by the motorists involved, meaning that the damage done to vehicles may be minimal and that no serious injuries may result. However, in a large number of car accidents, the drivers and passengers involved may sustain injuries that require medical treatment and may incur significant financial damages as a result.
When a crash produces injuries, those victims may be entitled to seek financial compensation for their damages, including the medical bills they incur. The right to seek relief belongs to the victims in these cases and cannot be prevented by an at-fault driver or an at-fault owner. However, claims must be brought within a time period specified by law so victims may want to consult with a personal injury lawyer to ensure that their rights are protected.
Police in Chicago have confirmed that an attempt at a traffic stop this morning turned into a chase and ended with a vehicle crashing, leaving one teen dead and another seriously injured. Police began following a Toyota on the city’s southwest side for reasons that are not yet known. The Toyota allegedly did not stop but continued driving in the area of West 32nd Street and South Central Park Avenue shortly before 2:00 a.m. At some point, police officers report that they backed off the Toyota but that the Toyota continued on West 32nd Street until it struck and collided with a concrete barrier.
Emergency crews responded to the scene and evaluated two 17-year-old males that were in the Toyota. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the second was taken by ambulance to an area hospital with unspecified injuries. He reportedly is in serious condition.
Authorities investigated on the scene for some time and are continuing their investigation at this time. It is not clear whether the victim who lost his life was the driver or a passenger in the car, nor is it clear whether any traffic tickets will be issued in this case.
If you live in, work in, or visit Chicago occasionally, you are at risk for becoming a victim of a car accident. Even those who choose to travel by public transit, by foot, or by train may be injured if an at-fault driver crosses their path.
When a car collision occurs, it can be difficult to understand your legal rights and how to make sure they are both protected and respected by all parties involved. The legal team at Abels & Annes, P.C. want to help you take the guess work out of your case by answering your questions and providing you with a free case consultation, whenever you need answers.
If you have been involved in a Chicago car accident, call us 24 hours a day, seven days a week toll free at (855) 529-2442 or locally at (312) 924-7575 and let us provide you with a free consultation without any obligation on your part. If we represent you, we will never charge you a fee unless we make a recovery in your case, and everything discussed will be kept confidential.
If you have been injured or if your loved one has been hurt or killed, do not continue to suffer in silence. Call the personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.
Prior Blog Entry:
Semi-Truck Collision on I-94 in Indiana, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published October 7, 2014.
Teen dead, another seriously injured in Little Village car crash, by Quinn Ford, Chicago Tribune, published October 8, 2014.